Ketel Marte
Ketel Marte
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Marte got a chance to play close to every day in the major leagues in his age-24 season, and the final numbers were fine if unspectacular. He struck out just 25 more times than he walked in 580 plate appearances, and he added more than 40 points to his ISO. That rate-power boost came in large part thanks to his major-league-leading 12 triples. For a player with his pure speed, he sure didn't attempt many stolen bases as manager Torey Lovullo took a more conservative approach on the basepaths. But at least when he did run, Marte was successful (6-for-7). In total, his offenses contributions added up to a 104 wRC+, so better than league average. It's tough to bank on Lovullo changing his philosophy in the running game, but it's possible he swings more to the aggressive side again after Arizona tore it down this offseason. Either way, Marte should be useful on volume alone. The dual eligibility (shortstop and second) helps his case. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $24 million contract extension with the Diamondbacks in March of 2018. Contract includes includes $8 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2023 and $10 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2024.
Usage clarified
2BArizona Diamondbacks
March 13, 2019
Manager Torey Lovullo said Marte's playing time will not be impacted by the arrival of Adam Jones, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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The manager further clarified comments made by general manager Mike Hazen on Monday. Lovullo envisions Marte rotating among center field, second base and shortstop on a near-daily basis as dictated by need or matchup. "I'm not necessarily looking at total games played at each spot," Lovullo said. "It's that particular matchup on that day. Ketel's versatility is going to allow somebody to get into the game who could be a hired sniper or could be somebody who is going to go out there and have a great game because of the matchup." Marte, an infielder prior to 2019, had opened spring training as the team's primary center fielder. The bottom line is that Marte, who had 580 plate appearances over 153 games in 2018, will not see a noticeable reduction in playing time.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .772 439 64 11 46 6 .271 .328 .444
Since 2016vs Right .671 862 89 9 64 14 .254 .314 .357
2018vs Left .971 212 33 9 29 3 .321 .387 .584
2018vs Right .651 368 35 5 30 3 .224 .300 .352
2017vs Left .721 76 9 2 5 0 .242 .342 .379
2017vs Right .748 179 21 3 13 3 .268 .346 .401
2016vs Left .525 151 22 0 12 3 .217 .238 .287
2016vs Right .651 315 33 1 21 8 .279 .311 .340
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2017
Even Split
2016
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .757 611 74 10 60 10 .278 .340 .417
Since 2016Away .659 690 79 10 50 10 .243 .299 .359
2018Home .879 272 36 8 32 6 .294 .375 .504
2018Away .673 308 32 6 27 0 .230 .293 .379
2017Home .739 131 14 1 10 0 .276 .351 .388
2017Away .741 124 16 4 8 3 .243 .339 .402
2016Home .616 208 24 1 18 4 .259 .286 .330
2016Away .605 258 31 0 15 7 .258 .288 .317
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How does Ketel Marte compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.68
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
13.6%
 
BABIP
.282
 
ISO
.177
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.332
 
SLG
.437
 
OPS
.768
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2016
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Acquired by the Diamondbacks last offseason, Marte failed to impress his new team enough in the spring to crack a crowded middle infield and was sent down to Triple-A Reno. In that hitter's paradise, Marte slashed an impressive .338/.391/.514 in 70 games before being summoned on June 27 when injuries finally created a need. Marte responded with a passable 260/.345/.395 line over 255 plate appearances, spanning 73 games, though he swiped only three bags. Marte's game is making frequent contact, mostly of the groundball variety. In order to be a valuable fantasy commodity, he needs to tap into the stolen-base potential displayed in the minors and at times with the Mariners in 2015 and 2016. The Snakes stole the seventh-most bases in the league last season, so team context is favorable. Marte appears to be the favorite to open the season as the starting shortstop.
Few late-round names matched Marte's buzz for stolen bases last spring. He was coming off swiping 28 bags between Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma in 2015. His wheels remained locked, however, as is often the case when a young thief faces more resistance to running in the bigs. His walk rate (9.7 percent) from 2015 tanked, limiting his attempts. A low lineup spot doesn't always hinder speedsters in the American League - there's no pitcher due up to clog up the bases -- but Marte occupying the nine-hole most of the time did him few favors overall. Marte has put the ball on the ground more than half the time and has shown above-average contact ability, which open a door for batting-average upside along with 30-steal potential, which has not vanished. He's just 23, after all, and he's now in a more hitter-friendly home park after getting shipped to Arizona as part of the Taijuan Walker deal in November.
Marte was one of the few positives in a forgettable season for the Mariners last year. A broken thumb in late May delayed his arrival, but he made it to Seattle for the final two months and forced his way into the lineup with impressive play at the plate and in the field. Marte's solid on-base numbers translated to the majors, where he walked at nearly a 10-percent clip. His contact, a strong part of his game in the minors, likely will improve from the 80-percent rate he posted with the Mariners as he cuts his strikeouts (17.9 percent). A switch hitter, Marte posted a .780 OPS against right-handers and .720 vs. lefties. He doesn't have much home-run power, but he has excellent speed with 25-steal upside. He'll get that chance this season as he enters spring as the starting shortstop
Marte had a strong 2014 campaign for Double-A Jackson before a late-season promotion to Triple-A Tacoma, where he impressed in 19 games. Known for his above-average speed, Marte stole 29 bases in 33 attempts between the two spots. Although Marte has little power to speak of and may still be a year or more away from being MLB ready, his rapid climb through the system likely explains the team's willingness to trade fellow shortstop Nick Franklin at the deadline last summer. Marte has good on-base skills and makes solid contact as well.
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Remains in CF mix
2BArizona Diamondbacks
March 12, 2019
Marte will continue to get starts in center field after the Diamondbacks added Adam Jones to the roster, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Impacted by Jones signing
2BArizona Diamondbacks
March 11, 2019
Marte may shift into a super utility role after the Diamondbacks signed veteran outfield Adam Jones on Sunday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Excels in leadoff role
2BArizona Diamondbacks
March 7, 2019
Marte went 3-for-3 with a run scored Thursday against Cleveland.
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Expected to play center field
2BArizona Diamondbacks
January 21, 2019
General manager Mike Hazen confirmed Marte will play center field in 2019, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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Could play center field
2BArizona Diamondbacks
December 11, 2018
Marte could be the Diamondbacks' center fielder next season, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports.
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